Laidback Gardener Tip of the Day

It’s Best Not to Move Mature Peonies

septembre 4Early September is a great time to transplant, divide or plant herbaceous peonies in the Northern Hemisphere… but be aware that mature herbaceous peonies hate being transplanted.

Even if you plant them at precisely the right depth, with dormant buds less than 2 inches (5 cm) deep, often the plant will not flower again for several years, sometimes for up to a decade. To be honest, sometimes you will manage to move a mature peony with success, but generally transplanting mature plants gives disappointing results. It just seems that adult peonies have difficulty accepting any change in their situation. So rather than transplant the mother plant then wait for several years for it to recover, divide the plant instead. Dividing peonies rejuvenates them… and the young peonies that result from such division settle in much more readily than would a mature plant.

Garden writer and blogger, author of more than 60 gardening books, the laidback gardener, Larry Hodgson, lives and gardens in Quebec City, Canada. The Laidback Gardener blog offers more than 2,500 articles to passionate home gardeners, always with the goal of demystifying gardening and making it easier for even novice gardeners. If you have a gardening question, enter it in Search: the answer is probably already there!

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